This review is different than most. This is a summary of items that I always search these threads for:
Before you leave home/before you board the ship:Download the NCL iConcierge App. This helps with onboard services once on the ship. I planned to do this at the terminal in Seattle- but there was no wifi available! I hope this is temporary, as I know this is a "new" terminal for NCL. There should really be free wifi in the terminal. It sets a bad precedent.
Once onboard- head to a venue that is NOT the buffet for lunch. Much fewer people and a more enjoyable first meal. The crew will direct you to the buffet- but both O'Sheehans and Tsar's Palace (main dining room) are open for lunch).
We had originally booked an IX (inside guarantee). We played their upgrade bidding game for a balcony when offered and got it! Best money I ever spent! Even though my bid was in the "poor" range, we still got our upgrade!
Our cabin was great- our room was "sandwiched" between two other rooms- just like we wish. I dislike being over or under public spaces- as it can get loud.
We have been to this port several times. We either take the public bus (silver line) to Totem Bight State Park ($4 round trip) or hike to Deer Mountain.
Here, we walked from the ship to Basin road then hiked to the tram building on Mt. Roberts. It took less than 2 hours. If you purchase at least $10 worth of items in the restaurant or gift shop at the top, your ride down on the tram is free. GREAT thing to do if you like to hike. You don't need hiking boots...but a solid pair of trail-running shoes are helpful.
We hiked around Lower Dewey Lake (easy and enjoyable trail)
We walked from the ship to Beacon Hill Park then over to the waterfront, Fisherman's Wharf, then back to the ship.
We spent the morning before the cruise walking along the waterfront and exploring Pike Place Market (an easy walk from the terminal at Pier 66). We parked our car just across the street from Pier 66 with Republic Parking Northwest. We prepaid online ($149 for week). We got to the garage at 7:30 in the morning (even though my reservation states 10 am). Not an issue and it didn't cost us any more money. Great option for parking. Park on Level 3.